A major reform of local government accountability is set to benefit local residents, according to the State Government.
Minister for Local Government Vickie Chapman says the reform is the biggest sector shake-up in 20 years, and includes initiatives to combat longstanding issues such as elected member conduct, CEO remuneration and rate setting transparency.
Minister Chapman added “Under these reforms, councils will need to seek regular advice from the Essential Services Commission of South Australia on rating decisions, with that advice to be made public.
Another reform will include a 'community engagement charter’, which will modernise the way councils engage with community.
The Riverland currently has three main councils being the Loxton-Waikerie, Berri-Barmera & Renmark-Paringa with some areas of the Riverland covered by the Mid Murray Council.
The Bill now goes back through the Lower House, with the Government and Local Government Association to then determine a timeframe for implementation.